Police block protesters during a rally in St Petersburg on August 1st in support of  the deposed  Khabarovsk  governor Sergei Furgal. Photograph: Dmitri Lovetsky/AP

Vladimir Putin had been reassured that the regional election in September 2018 would be nothing to worry about. Putin’s man would retain the governors(...)

Back to the USSR

Twenty five years ago this week, on December 8th, 1991 the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) simply ceased to exist. The heads of the Russian(...)